LONDON — A New York teen’s poem initially written for a school assignment has gone viral after a man found a copy of it posted in a London bar.
Twitter user Ronnie Joice shared a picture of the poem earlier this week after it appeared to have been posted on the wall. The poem’s message at first seems bleak, but read it upside down, and it gives a whole new — and inspirational — message.
The full text of the poem reads as follows:
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day
Now read from the bottom to top.
Though the poem is dated, it has since been resurrected online thanks to Joice’s tweet.
Joice, who hails from London, has garnered nearly 2,000 retweets. Multiple outlets, including Time, MTV and Huffington Post have shared his image.
“London’s a really tough city to live in sometimes,” Joice told MTV. “It can sometimes feel like a constant financial and emotional drain. Sometimes all you need is the right attitude and better luck will find its way towards you.”
Gorkin’s mother Dena told the Today Show that her daughter has been overwhelmed by the poem’s popularity. Still, the young Gorkin said, she was glad it served as a form of positive thinking.
“We all hope that the poem will continue to bring good into the world, that people will be inspired to pay the good forward,” Gorkin told the Today Show.